NCSDAE WIOA Key Changes 2014

National Council of State Directors of Adult Education
Jennifer Foster, Chair;
Dr. Lennox McLendon, Senior Advisor; Dr. Art Ellison, Policy Chair; Dr. Eugene Sofer, Government
Key Changes in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
The Workforce System:
 Applies one set of performance measures to core programs listed below
 Requires one Unified State Plan describing training, employment services, adult education and
vocational rehabilitation through a collaborative, comprehensive system
 Reduces the number of required members on state and local workforce boards
o State director of adult education and local adult managers have seats on the boards
 Strengthens alignment between core programs and labor markets and economic development regions
 Specifies authorized appropriation levels for each fiscal year 2015-2020
 Adds a minimum and maximum funding level to the dislocated worker formula beginning 2016
Training and Employment Services
 Eliminates the “sequence of services” and merges “core and intensive activities” into a combined
“career services.”
 Emphasizes access to real-world training through on-the-job training, incumbent worker training,
customized training, prior learning assessment, pay-for-performance training and industry or sector
partnerships and career pathway strategies.
 Requires 75% of youth funding to support out-of-school youth with 20% prioritized for work-based
Job Corps
 Improves the procurement process for center operators
 Allows DOL to provide technical assistance to centers
 Improves data collection on operations and finance.
Adult Education
 Strengthens alignment of adult education with postsecondary and workforce activities
 Strengthens career pathways and integrated education and training
 Links English Literacy/Civics with integrated education and training
 Requires specific state leadership activities
o Alignment of services with the workforce system
o Quality professional development
o Technical assistance to local providers
o Monitoring and evaluation of local providers
 Requires that the local adult education plans be reviewed by the local workforce board to ensure
State Vocational Rehabilitation Services
 Sets high expectations for individuals with disabilities with respect to employment
 Provides youth with disabilities the services and supports necessary to be successful in competitive,
integrated employment
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